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City of Melbourne begins footpath blitz

The City of Melbourne is undertaking a footpath repair blitz to prepare for the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and the return of visitors.

More than 2600 square metres of footpath upgrades and repairs have been fast-tracked for this month.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the blitz was about ensuring Melbourne was in top shape to welcome people back to the city.

“We’ve been getting on with the job while every Melburnian plays their part and stays at home,” Capp said.

“We want to see Melbourne’s streets sparkling as we welcome everyone back, while keeping many people in jobs during this incredibly tough period.

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“We’ll be using locally sourced bluestone to repair and upgrade some of our busiest and heaviest foot traffic areas – from Flinders Street Station and City Road, to Queen Street, King Street, Exhibition Street and Little Collins Street.”

The City of Melbourne is exploring multiple initiatives to help draw people back to the city once lockdown ends, including a proposal to bring indoor trading, dining and entertainment outdoors and onto the streets.

Its Inside Out proposal has been welcomed by local traders and would greatly benefit from safer footpaths.

“Melbourne’s small businesses have been amongst the hardest hit by the pandemic, and we need to do everything we can to ensure they can survive and thrive once restrictions ease,” Capp said.

“Our footpath repair blitz will ensure that traders who move into our streets and laneways have a safe space to work and bring back the hustle and bustle to the city.

“We want our wonderful venues to be able to welcome back as many customers as possible, in line with the Chief Health Officers directions.”

The footpath blitz is already underway across nine city sites, with the majority of works set to be completed before lockdown ends later this month.

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